You think you know, but you have no idea

The lovely slogan from MTV's Diary just seemed so appropriate here. :) As all MTV slogans are, of course. Last night I went to a Christmas party where I was able to talk to a Holocaust survivor for close to an hour.  She was in the death camp Auschwitz for 5 months and a factory concentration camp for another 7. She lost her mother, father, grandparents and aunt in those camps. She is the only living survivor of her family. She and her mother were holding hands and being lead to the crematorium in Auschwitz (she was 17 at the time but didn't want her mother to die without her) when an SS guard had a moment of humanity and grabbed her arm, said she was too young and let her go. As miraculous as that was, her mother was still killed. Here's an isolated and small reminder of the horrors inflicted on people in death camps such as Auschwitz. Read more here.

Bone, muscle, and joint transplantation

"To learn if a limb or joint from one person could be successfully attached to another who had lost that limb or joint, experimenters at Ravensbruck amputated legs and shoulders from inmates in useless attempts to transplant them onto other victims. They also removed sections of bones, muscles, and nerves from prisoners to study regeneration of these body parts. Victims suffered excruciating pain, mutilation, and permanent disability as a result."

I have so much to say regarding this issue, and I'm actually going to interview her today to get more of her story for something I'm working on. In the meantime, if I ever hear another liberal call President Bush, "Hitler," or if I ever hear that we're guilty of fascism here, I may have to beat you with my clever wit and a history book, of course.  :) As every Diary star has said, "You may think you know, but you have no idea." Here's another quote to help those who still might be tempted to rail against Bush in said manner: "Better to be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt." For visual reminders of what occurred you can continue reading this post. If you're squeamish, I wouldn't recommend it.


Posted by Portia at December 23, 2004 12:16 PM

I read the entire PBS column. It is devastating the things that people went through during that torturous time. And we complain about the way our world is being run now. It's sad.

Posted by: Melissa at December 23, 2004 01:24 PM

Mankind's only hope to avoid such atrocities in the future is to vigorously defend liberty and justice at home and promote freedom and democracy around the globe. . . and to recognize that we are all made in God's image. . .

Posted by: Spear Shaker at December 23, 2004 01:30 PM

Well said. Not only do we have to promote our values, but we must also learn history, not from the perspective of "what was" but from the lens of "Why, and How?" We cannot protect ourselves from future Hitlers if we do not understand the cultural climate and the events leading up to his leadership.
Mr. Shaker, great site by the way!

Posted by: Emily at December 23, 2004 01:41 PM

It's good to know that you think the Holocaust was a bad thing, but would you have spoken out against the expulsion of Communists from the Reichstag if you were German in 1934? Or at the height of the war in 1943, would you have had the courage to denounce the execution of homosexuals in Russia, if it meant possibly going to a camp yourself?

I think it is also important to be critical of wrongdoing in one's own country in one's own time. For instance you are an apologist for Billy Graham's anti-Semitism. And I haven't seen a critical word on your web site regarding President Bush's use of torture, preventive detention, suspension of habeas corpus, assassination, or negligent massacres of civilians.

Posted by: Ziggy at December 24, 2004 08:39 AM

Ziggy, give me some substantiated facts and then we'll talk. How can I argue with emotional, unsupported rants? Billy Graham is not anti-Semetic; we've been through this, read previous posts. Prove to me Pres. Bush uses any of the aforementioned tactics and we'll talk. Stop being so irresponsible in your posts. You give lefties a bad name when you do so.

And to answer your question, YES, I would have risked going to a concentration camp to speak out against Hitler, hide Jews or save millions of others. No doubt in my mind. I'd do it now if I had to, but fortunately, we live in a highly blessed and comfortable nation where that isn't in the forseeable future. Thank God.

Posted by: Emily at December 24, 2004 03:41 PM